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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Clears Critical Sunshield Deployment Testing

21 Oct 2019, 13:40 UTC
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Clears Critical Sunshield Deployment Testing NASA/Chris Gunn

The sunshield for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has passed a test critical to preparing the observatory for its 2021 launch. Technicians and engineers fully deployed and tensioned each of the sunshield's five layers, successfully putting the sunshield into the same position it will be in a million miles from Earth. 

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